Thursday, February 28, 2013

Zombie Ants

Some months ago I wrote about the zombie ants. As it would seem, a certain fungus releases spoors that attach themselves to insects. The spoors settle in the brains of the insects and take control. The zombie becomes a host for the spoors to fruit and grow.

Ants in particular are susceptible as they live in giant communes; when one is infected the contagion can spread rapidly and kill an entire colony.

Tim showed me this video the other, the infected ant losing control and the spoor fruiting from his head:

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